Just because the textbooks are out of sight for a couple of months doesn't mean the learning has to stop. In fact, if kids are having fun, they don't even realize they're learning in the process. That's what I call summer school fun!
You can create a fun "summer school" of purposeful learning—and lifelong memories—for your kids. But don't panic and think that you have to fill your calendar with summertime activities. Summer-style learning doesn't have to involve nonstop schedules. In fact, for the most part and with a little forethought, such learning happens as life happens.
12 fun ideas for your family
Here are just some of the many ways your kids can spend their summer break learning and having fun!
1. Exercise those green thumbs.
Because gardening has many stages, you don't need to have a garden already started. If you did take advantage of springtime planting, have a weekly weed-pulling party. Or your kids may simply enjoy trying to grow a few plants of their own. Kids can experientially learn what grows best where and how to plant and care for their plants.
Maybe you can't plant anything where you live. No problem! Take a short drive to a nearby you-pick-it farm and begin an annual tradition. Our summertime favorite is corn. Pick it, shuck it, boil it, freeze it . . . eat it! (And lots of it.) We love tasting the different varieties of corn on the cob and voting on our favorite.
2. Get involved in the county fair.
Kids don't need to be a member of 4-H to participate in local fair activities. Contests are held in myriad categories: photography, knitting, crafts, baking, and so on.1